Young actor Ian Watson, of “The Cursed Man,” interviewed by Sunbury Press

Sunbury Press: Your role as “Michael” in The Cursed Man movie is that of a pivotal character in the story. Without giving away any spoilers, can you tell everyone a little something about the role you play?

Ian Watson TheatricalIan Watson: Oh my. That’s very difficult. There is a lot more to Michael than meets the eye but I shall do my best. Michael is an orderly responsible for taking care of Alister Kunkle (our “Cursed Man”) at the SunnySide Mental Institution. He cares about Alister and is deeply sympathetic to his mental disorder. That is a very shallow description but I shall leave it at that so I don’t reveal any spoilers.

SP: What was the most enjoyable and challenging parts of working on this film?

IW: The entire process was enjoyable! The Cursed Man has a very special place in my heart. It’s the first film I booked after graduating UCSB (go Gauchos!) so my entire family and I were all so excited! Also, the entire cast and crew are all so amazingly talented and kind people that every day on set and every scene shot really was a treat. The most challenging part (but still enjoyable) was playing the complex realities that exist in The Cursed Man world. There are elements that happen in this movie that would never happen in real life so playing the reality of those situations was a fun but challenging part of the film.

SP: You’ve done quite a bit of work since the filming of The Cursed Man was completed. Can you tell us what you’ve been up to?

IW: I’ve been lucky! Most recently, a film I have a supporting role in, Boned (trust me it’s not a porn) was released on iTunes and Amazon. The film is really well done and was directed and written by an amazing artist, Laura Lee Bahr. Also, I get to play a badass Goth, so what more can you want! Also released this year on iTunes and Amazon, I appeared in the film Selfie Shootout. I got to play the beautiful yet cunning Tiffany who wins the heart of one of the selfie judges. I had an absolute blast playing her! I have a couple of other films in post-production but those release dates are still TBD. Oh and I also have had the pleasure to play a multitude of “creepy” characters on different Investigation Discovery Channel shows which has been really fun.

SP: Come Halloween night, 2016, the premiere of The Cursed Man movie is going to hit the big screen at the Alex Theater in Glendale CA. What are your thoughts about seeing yourself on a screen … So large?

IW: It’s intimidating but very exciting! I can’t wait to see the finished product and hopefully a lot of familiar faces from the cast and crew.

SP: If you had to sum up The Cursed Man in a few words, what comes to mind?

IW: A glimpse into a man’s personal psychological thriller.

SP: When playing such a significant role as you have in The Cursed Man movie, can you tell everyone what sort of preparations you need to make before getting in set?

IW: Well, every actor has their own process. In every role I do, I always answer Uta Hagan’s Nine questions: Who am I?, What time is it?, Where am I?, What surrounds me?, What are the given circumstances?, What is my relationship?, What do I want?, What is in my way?, and What do I do to get what I want?. Then I add a tenth question, what is at stake? This gives me a really good foundation going into every scene. For this film specifically, I read the book to get as much information about my character as possible. The book is amazing by the way! If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out! I also, read a lot of information on mental health.

SP: Besides acting and trying to land your next big gig, what do you like to do in your spare time?

IW: I love improvisation and sketch comedy. I’m taking classes at the moment and writing just for fun. I love doing anything that’s creative. So, all the cliche things, dancing, singing, painting (I’m terrible).

SP: Do you believe Alister is cursed?

IW: I believe Alister believes he’s cursed. We can just leave it at that 😉

SP: We would like to give you the final word and pass any message along to your fans as well as fans of The Cursed Man. The floor is yours …

IW: Thanks for the awesome interview! And thank you to anyone who read it all the way through. I hope everyone thoroughly enjoys the film. It was created by an amazing group of actors and filmmakers who put in a lot of hard and great work. Oh, and follow me on twitter, @IanTWatson.

About the Premiere:
World Premiere of THE CURSED MAN movie – Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Halloween Night October 31, 2016 – 7pm to 11pm – Party before and after. This may be the greatest movie premiere on Halloween Night in the History of the Alex Theatre.  For more information about the venue, please see: http://www.alextheatre.org/

tcm_fc newAbout the Book:
Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him.  A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment.

But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.

About the Author:
Keith Rommel is an award-winning author of ten novels and is an award-winning screenwriter. His writing has been called, “Horror for the curious mind.” His first two novels, The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are at various stages of production to become motion pictures. 2016.

The Cursed Man
Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
222 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063682
ISBN-10: 1620063689
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers

About The Cursed Man Movie (2016):

MV5BMTQzNDYxNjkyMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE2MDUxMjE@._V1_UY268_CR6,0,182,268_AL_Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

Director: James L. Perry

Stars: Brahm Gallagher, Brinna LockeMaritza Brikisak

The special edition movie premiere cover are only available through October.
For more information about the novel, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Cursed-Man-PAPERBACK…

For more information about the movie, please see:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614902/combined

For more information about Keith Rommel, please see:

http://keithrommel.weebly.com/

Chilean actress Maritza Brikisak, of “The Cursed Man,” interviewed by Sunbury Press

Sunbury Press: Sunbury Press: Can you tell the reading audience who you play in The Cursed Man movie and how you approached preparing yourself in bringing the character to the big screen?

MBMaritza Brikisak: I’ll try to answer this and all the other questions without giving too much information away, I don’t want to spoil all the amazing surprises The Cursed Man is bringing to the screen. I play two characters, Alister’s Mom and Death. One challenge for me was to make my two characters distinctive enough and for ‘Death’ to feel more human than supernatural. So my approach was to make the ‘monster’ makeup subtle so not to lose the human connection I wanted to have between the two characters.

SP: Filming can be chaotic. Please share with us one of the funniest moments in the filming process, if there was one.

MB: Nothing specific comes to mind. The set was friendly and pleasant but like you indicated, the hectic schedule didn’t allow for blooper moments.

SP: If you had to pick a favorite thing about the character that you played, what would that be?

MB: I seem to enjoy playing ‘monsters’ a lot more than playing humans ☺ I think that’s because of all the makeup and the character transformation that comes with that type of role. I find it very liberating. You can be big, very expressive and loud while portraying the life of the character. When playing ‘human’ all emotions need to be contained and controlled. I applied for the role of ‘Death’ when I auditioned for the film. I was surprised when I learned later that I’ll also be playing ‘Alister’s mom’.

SP: Please tell the reading audience what you are up to now and what is coming down the pike.

MB: I am fortunate I am always working. I just finished playing ‘Juana’ in Felix Martiz’s short film ‘Kiko’, about a family broken up by immigration. I am currently working on the web series ‘True Passage’ in Michigan which is bringing awareness to the Foster Care Program; I filmed two episodes and am returning in May to continue. I am also working on my own film The Lurking Man. I play the lead role of ‘Cailean’, an abusive alcoholic mother who is given a chance at redemption if she accepts the job of ‘Death’. Based on the Novel by Keith Rommel of the same name. Keith and I wrote the original screenplay and was awarded first prize at the Zed Festival, so we are starting with a strong foundation. We are aiming for a 2017 release.

SP: If there was anything you had to say to someone reading this interview about The Cursed Man, what would that be?

MB: I am very excited to see it. Making a feature is a long process. It takes years. I can’t wait to see what Jim Perry (producer/director) has created. We caught glances here and there and it looks amazing!

SP: You have been in the business a long time and have played many characters in many movies. If people wanted to learn more about you, where can they go to gain that information?

MB: All my life and work is on my website at www.maritzaweb.com it has links to everything including my personal FB and IMDb (www.imdb.me/maritza). I am reachable and findable as well.

SP: What do you find appealing about The Cursed Man?

MB: I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers a la ‘Sixth Sense’, The Cursed Man is that type of film. A good solid story, with only enough special effects to create the fantasy and good characters played by wonderful actors … I am in great company!

SP: We’re giving you the floor. Is there anything you’d like to let readers know about yourself or anything else?

MB: Always follow your dreams, and like what you do. Happiness is inevitable that way.☺

About the Premiere:
World Premiere of THE CURSED MAN movie – Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Halloween Night October 31, 2016 – 7pm to 11pm – Party before and after. This may be the greatest movie premiere on Halloween Night in the History of the Alex Theatre.  For more information about the venue, please see: http://www.alextheatre.org/

tcm_fc newAbout the Book:
Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him.  A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment.

But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.

About the Author:
Keith Rommel is an award-winning author of ten novels and is an award-winning screenwriter. His writing has been called, “Horror for the curious mind.” His first two novels, The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are at various stages of production to become motion pictures. 2016.

The Cursed Man
Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
222 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063682
ISBN-10: 1620063689
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers

About The Cursed Man Movie (2016):

MV5BMTQzNDYxNjkyMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE2MDUxMjE@._V1_UY268_CR6,0,182,268_AL_Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

Director: James L. Perry

Stars: Brahm Gallagher, Brinna LockeMaritza Brikisak

The special edition movie premiere cover are only available through October.
For more information about the novel, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Cursed-Man-PAPERBACK…

For more information about the movie, please see:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614902/combined

For more information about Keith Rommel, please see:

http://keithrommel.weebly.com/

Young actress Paris Bravo, of "The Cursed Man," interviewed by Sunbury Press

Sunbury Press: You started your career at a very young age and have many talents. Can you share some of the talents you apply to your blossoming career in movies, commercials, and your  everyday life?

Paris Bravo

Paris Bravo

Paris Bravo: Martial Arts, Weapons, Stunt work and Dancing have been crucial to being successful in this industry. I have booked many jobs with those skill sets. My parents have made me very well-rounded by playing several sports like: basketball, soccer, softball, flag football and CHEER. I am also learning guitar, cello and piano. Being an athlete has helped me in my everyday life by being focused, fit and has made it easier to work on roles that require a ton of energy.

SP: The Cursed Man movie is a psychological suspense thriller with some horror elements. How did you feel about playing in a film of a dark nature?

PB:  At the time I had never worked on a dark theatrical role. It was a new challenge and has helped me in obtaining other roles. I thought it was pretty cool to be a part of such an amazing role…especially a novel turning into a movie. Some of the scenes were pretty scary for a kid but I could not wait to find what would happen in the next scene.

SP: In preparing for your role as Michael’s daughter (Ian Watson), what sort of preparation did you have to go through to understand the character you were playing?

PB:  I prepared for the role by reading the book with my parents to learn the acting style/genre. I also worked with Ian Watson to get a feel for him as my dad. I also envisioned something happening to my parents to make the role more believable.

SP: Do your parents help you in anyway in giving you advice in ‘how’ they think you should approach the way you act or portray certain characters?

PB: Yes, my parents help me a ton. We run lines and we all give our opinions. We all become the characters and pick the scene a part. On occasion I have had to hire an acting coach to assist and guide me in the right direction of what the Director is looking for.

SP: What is the most memorable moment for you in the filming of The Cursed Man?

PB: The most memorable moment for me was when “Duppy/Dr.Anna Lee began to choke my “Mom” in a scene. At first it really scared me, it was so intense. Then they were all done and everyone was laughing.

SP: If fans wanted to connect and follow you, please let them know how and where they need to go.

PB:  I have social media accounts: Instagram: ParisBravoOfficial  | Twitter: @BravoParis | FB: Paris Bravo |  Musical.ly: parisbravoninja

SP: The premiere is taking place at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA. The theater is large and seats 2,500 people. What are your thoughts on the location of the premiere, the capacity and the idea that it is taking place on Halloween night?

PB:  Having it on Halloween Night will make it even more COOL! This movie is dark and scary, PERFECT for Halloween. The location is beautiful and I cant wait to see the final product.  I hope to see Mr. Rommel there. I was born in Orlando, FL and moved to Los Angeles at age 7 1/2 to follow my dreams. I am excited for the premier. Do we come dressed up in fancy clothes or shall we come in masquerade?

SP: Out of all the special talents you have, pick the one talent that you think expresses who you are as a person the most.

PB:   I think that Martial Arts is the one talent expresses who I am the most as I am strong, confident, respectful, communicate well, I am dedicated, I persevere and learn multiple steps very easy. Martial arts helps keep up my competitive edge.

About the Premiere:
World Premiere of THE CURSED MAN movie – Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Halloween Night October 31, 2016 – 7pm to 11pm – Party before and after. This may be the greatest movie premiere on Halloween Night in the History of the Alex Theatre.  For more information about the venue, please see: http://www.alextheatre.org/

tcm_fc newAbout the Book:
Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him.  A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment.

But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.

About the Author:
Keith Rommel is an award-winning author of ten novels and is an award-winning screenwriter. His writing has been called, “Horror for the curious mind.” His first two novels, The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are at various stages of production to become motion pictures. 2016.

The Cursed Man
Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
222 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063682
ISBN-10: 1620063689
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers

About The Cursed Man Movie (2016):

MV5BMTQzNDYxNjkyMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE2MDUxMjE@._V1_UY268_CR6,0,182,268_AL_Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

Director: James L. Perry

Stars: Brahm Gallagher, Brinna Locke,Maritza Brikisak

The special edition movie premiere cover are only available through October.
For more information about the novel, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Cursed-Man-PAPERBACK…

For more information about the movie, please see:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614902/combined

For more information about Keith Rommel, please see:

http://keithrommel.weebly.com/

"The Cursed Man" movie premiere announced. Sunbury Press issues special edition cover.

GLENDALE, Calif.  — Sunbury Press has released a special edition of The Cursed Man novel honoring the upcoming premiere of the movie, to be held at the landmark Alex Theatre in Glendale, California.

tcm_fc newAbout the Book:
Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him.  A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment.

But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.

About the Author:
Keith Rommel is an award-winning author of ten novels and is an award-winning screenwriter. His writing has been called, “Horror for the curious mind.” His first two novels, The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are at various stages of production to become motion pictures. 2016.

About The Cursed Man Movie:
MV5BMTQzNDYxNjkyMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE2MDUxMjE@._V1_UY268_CR6,0,182,268_AL_Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

Director: James L. Perry

Cast (in credits order)

Brahm Gallagher Brahm Gallagher
Brinna Locke Brinna Locke
Maritza Brikisak Maritza Brikisak
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Bendik Linda Bendik
Woman on Street
Mark Bishko Mark Bishko
Suicide Witness
Paris Bravo Paris Bravo
Michael’s Daughter
C. Ashleigh Caldwell C. Ashleigh Caldwell
Head Nurse
Ruth Connell Ruth Connell
Bonnie
Anna Curtis Anna Curtis
Sharon
Lee Fobert Lee Fobert
Hospital Doctor
Paul Grace Paul Grace
Sheriff’s Sergeant
Jules Hartley Jules Hartley
Michael’s Wife
Tom Herschderfer Tom Herschderfer
Motorist
Jack Keebler Jack Keebler
Wheelchair Patient
M. Lee M. Lee
Woman on Street
Jo Mani Jo Mani
Sheriff’s Deputy
Bruno Marcotulli Bruno Marcotulli
Uncle Bob
Grant McLellan Grant McLellan
Young Alister
Timothy Patrick O'Neill Timothy Patrick O’Neill
Ralph
James L. Perry James L. Perry
Doctor Bills
John Henry Richardson John Henry Richardson
Director Lofton
April Rock April Rock
Nurse
Anna Ross Anna Ross
Nurse
Ron Ross Ron Ross
Alister’s father
Robert Sisko Robert Sisko
Skylar Skylar
Man on Street
Jim Tavaré Jim Tavaré
Laura Tavaré Laura Tavaré
Hospital Doctor
Kim Walker Kim Walker
Real Estate Agent
Ian Watson Ian Watson
Marc Wayne Marc Wayne
Man on Street
H. Dean Williams H. Dean Williams
Bruce

alexAbout the Premiere:
World Premiere of THE CURSED MAN movie – Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Halloween Night October 31, 2016 – 7pm to 11pm – Party before and after. This may be the greatest movie premiere on Halloween Night in the History of the Alex Theatre.  For more information about the venue, please see: http://www.alextheatre.org/

The Cursed Man
Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
222 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063682
ISBN-10: 1620063689
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers

The special edition movie premiere cover are only available through October.
For more information about the novel, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Cursed-Man-PAPERBACK…

For more information about the movie, please see:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614902/combined

For more information about Keith Rommel, please see:

http://keithrommel.weebly.com/

On The Rise: Ruth Connell On Her Career, Role On ‘Supernatural’ & Much More!

Originally published on the blog Icon vs. Icon: All Things Pop Culture on December 4, 2014

(Ruth Connell appears in the movie The Cursed Man based on the novel by Keith Rommel)

ruth-connell-2014-feature-BAs a child, Ruth Connell spent her days on her family’s farm in the middle of nowhere dreaming of one day becoming an actress. As time went by she continued toward her goal; no matter how impractical it may have seemed. Today, with years are hard work and dedication under her belt, this inspiring young actress has made those dreams become a reality. An accomplished actress in the UK, Connell will soon be a very familiar face to science fiction fans as she bursts onto the American scene in the critically acclaimed, long running and hugely successful “Supernatural,” airing Tuesdays in The CW. The show follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they travel throughout America hunting for supernatural creatures, their main adversaries through out are Demons. Ruth takes on a pivotal role with the character of Rowena, who is poised to make a big impact on the series this season.Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ruth Connell to discuss her amazing journey as an actor, her work on stage and scene, making the transition from the UK to life in Hollywood, her time on ‘Supernatural’ and what the future might hold for her in the years to come!

ruth-connell-2014-3How did you get started on your journey in the entertainment industry and what made you know acting was something you wanted to pursue as a career?

When I was 4 years old, my cousin Ruby wanted to go to dancing lessons. I was sent along to keep her company! I had a natural aptitude for dancing and I was eventually picked for Scottish Ballet where they do classes for young dancers that you have to audition for. I got involved and they put me in some of their productions. Eventually, I was Clara in “The Nutcracker.” I remember walking out on to the stage and feeling like it was my living room. It was Clara’s living room but I felt so at home. I loved being in the company of The Scottish Ballet. I am an only child, so I think, for me, it was that instant thing of having camaraderie and having people around you. I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere and was an only child, so I really did love being in the company. That is really what started me on my journey. I thought maybe I could get into acting by doing musical theater, a side-step into acting. Eventually, it became an overriding feeling that I really wanted to commit to being just an actor. I went to drama college when I was 24 years old, so I was a very old and mature student! [laughs] Even though things weren’t easy when I left drama college, I have never regretted my decision to do it.

Who were some of the influences who had a big impact on you as an actor early on?

As I said, I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere. I would watch movies and, I have to admit, I was kind of obsessed with “Gone With The Wind” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” the American cartoon version. I grew up loving Vivian Leigh and she has always had a special place in my heart. Recently, I played Blanche Dubois in a workshop and it has to be one of my favorite things I have ever done. All sorts of people have inspired me and I have always been lucky with the dance teachers I have had, who believed in me and pushed me on. I did my dance ballet and I didn’t get to dance school eventually, I had failed my medical, but I kept dancing and one of my teachers worked with me and got me through my dance ballet. That is something I am still really proud of! Some of my teachers from drama college, I am still friends with now. I just got a message the other day from a teacher who has been following now that I am working in America. That was really cool.

ruth-connell-2014-4I wanted to ask you about the work you did with The Avenue Theater Company in Greenwich. What can you tell us about it and how it impacted your career?

I was used to working a lot as a dancer. When I was at drama college, I booked some theater jobs. When I graduated from drama college, I was picked as the Critic’s Choice, which was great, but all of a sudden, nothing happened! That happens to actors, where all of a sudden there are six months where there is no audition. I hated that feeling! I couldn’t stand it, so me and my friends, Joanne Morton and Joseph Raishbrook, created this theater company so we could be in something, direct something or produce something for ourselves and for all of our friends to be in. I didn’t realize quite how much I had bitten off more than I could chew with a cast of 13 and a girl from London Fashion College. It was pretty much all put on my credit card at the time! [laughs] It was a great success and we sold out with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for a week in Greenwich Royal Park. The following year we devised our own piece. Really, the only reason it stopped is because I started to book more work as an actor. One of the big jobs I had as an actor was a number one tour in the UK of a play called “Men Should Weep.” Charlotte Gwinner, who is now my friend, directed it. The man that runs The Globe Theatre in London now, Dominic Dromgoole, helped cast me in it. I remember in an interview him speaking to me and the first thing he had ever done was an open air Shakespeare, so he understood what I had managed to accomplish! He had done it himself, so he knew where I was coming from and I think that helped me get my first proper big acting tour.

What impact has moving from the UK to Los Angeles had on you?

Ok, so I had always had a thing about America in my head. When I was a teenager, I thought it was going to be like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to be a teenager in America. [laughs] One of my friends, who is also an actress, had made the move. I remember discussing with other friends in London the fact that the year before I moved to LA I had had four really big projects, which all didn’t come to anything. I had worked my way up in theater and I was being seen for TV and I was penciled in for some really good stuff but it wasn’t coming through. It was very frustrating. I had booked a series regular and then the series didn’t run. It was things like that, so I said to my friend, “I am thinking about going to LA.” He said, “You have been talking about this for seven years!” I thought, “Aww man, I better hurry up and get on with it!” [laughs] There came a point in my life where I needed a change and a life challenge. It wasn’t just about my career, it was about moving to a new continent on my own and experiencing the challenges of setting up a life here. I needed that challenge. My masterplan, so to speak, was to get a lot more experience in film and television because there is so much more getting made out here. In Britain, you tend to cut your teeth on theater, where out here people tend to cut their teeth on costarring roles and the like. From when I got here until now, I feel like I have been lucky because I have always had a project, even if it was low budget, to work on. I will never regret having come to LA. It has been a journey! [laughs] The people that I have met have been great. I feel like a tourist in many ways! I am still getting a kick out of the fact that I am at so-and-so’s house or at such-and-such’s party. I am sort of a fangirl myself with some of the people I meet. I am friends with a director named Kevin Connor and he directed “Moonlighting.” I was like, “Oh my gosh! You directed ‘Moonlighting!’” I was really young when it was on but stuff like that gives me such a thrill! That is one of the things I love about LA!

ruth-connell-2014-1You have some great things happening at the moment. One of the biggest is your role on the hit series, “Supernatural.” How did you get involved with the project and made you know it was a role you wanted to pursue?

My friend sent me the breakdown and said, “I think you should try and get seen for this!” When I read it, I just thought, “This is written for me!” I did say to a friend, “If I can’t get seen for this, there is no point in my being in America.” It was just so up my street. I was pretty determined at that point in time that I would do whatever it took to get seen for it. I wasn’t sure if I could get an audition. I had been working steadily and I knew I had a bit of a breakthrough last year but I had to go home for six months. I was back in LA and I wasn’t sure if I was going to get an audition. I hadn’t been in the room for a TV job in about 18 months. I just couldn’t seem to get in the room. I decided, at that point, to put all of my Scottish clips on tape, I sent it to the casting director’s office and the casting office in Canada. I knew I had to get seen for it! At the end of the day, they came back to me with an audition in the normal way! [laughs] I cleared my calendar for the weekend and had the weekend to prepare, luckily, because that doesn’t always happen. I watched about 14 episodes of “Supernatural” in about two days to immerse myself in the world and familiarize myself with the character I was seeing on the page. My first meeting was so positive and I could see a little light go on when they met me and saw I was authentically Scottish and I could do the role. That doesn’t happen often as an actor that you think, “I have quite a good feeling about this.” The next day, I was in front of producers and the next day I had network approval! I absolutely feel that this is one of the reasons I was meant to be in America, to play Rowena. If you believe in anything supernatural, perhaps this is my little piece of magic and maybe it was meant to be!

ruth-connell-2014-5What did you bring to this character that wasn’t on the written page?

I didn’t even realize how Scottish I was until I came to LA! When I was in Scotland, I was like, “I not the most Scottish person, I’m a child of the universe … ” and then you travel 5,000 miles. You quickly realize how much you have been influenced by the place you grew up in, the sensibilities you have and the language. They are a couple of instances in the script where I have made tiny suggestions, where things could be more Scottish. These are things I see as second nature because it is where I am from, so I hope I brought some real authenticity to Rowena. She is really funny on the page and hopefully I bring my own little twinkle!

Aside from featuring a lot of great talent, one of the cool things about “Supernatural” is how everyone involved seems so invested and excited about the project. What was the vibe like on set and what have you picked up from working with the cast?

It has been truly fantastic. When you hear people talking about how the cast is a family and how great things are, it’s not lip service. You can’t fake that stuff for 10 years. There really is an amazing atmosphere and there is a lot of care that goes into each show. The producers of the show have always listened to the fans of the show on social media and were one of the first shows to respond and take onboard what the fans were feeling. They keep in touch with their fan base and are really making the show for the fans. It does feel like you are family and I think that is a really cool thing. There is such an atmosphere of respect on the set. Everyone has been in it for a long time and there are no egos or anyone trying to prove their worth. Everyone is pretty secure in what they are doing. As a newcomer on the American television scene, I realize how lucky I am to have landed in that kind of environment where there is so little stress and everyone is really engaged with what they are doing.

Whether it is on stage, television or film, what is your process for bringing a new character to life?

I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to process. I am one of those actors that still goes to class. That is one of the great things about coming to LA. Coming from Britain, we had different ways of approaching things. I have done a couple of turns with The Groundlings and that is something I wouldn’t ever have dared to do in Britain. I have really enjoyed doing that and worked with a really cool teacher named Diana Castle. I did a lot more imagination work. When I am looking at parts, I use my instincts mainly but then I ask myself all of the actor questions. I come from a dance background and I can usually feel the character in my body, if that makes sense. I was aware when I saw the episode of “Supernatural” last night that I had made a strong physical choice when Rowena glides in with her hands in the air. [laughs] I think that always helps me too.

ruth-connell-2014-2You have quite a few projects in the works. What should we be on the lookout for in the near future?

I am so excited about “Supernatural” and how that is going to roll out. I can’t say for how long but I am still looking forward to that! [laughs] I am going to be going to some of the conventions next year! This whole journey I have been on is overtaking everything at the moment and it is wonderful! That is what I had wanted to happen! This show has given me everything I have wanted all in one goal! I have been waiting a long time and all of a sudden it’s like, “Bingo!” [laughs] I have worked on a few other projects this year. I often do voice-overs. I do voice match for a really cool character for Disney, a Scottish character for Disney, who is also a feisty redhead! [laughs] I’ve recently worked on a Dogma-style movie for my friend, Henry Alberto. It is called “Hara-Kiri.” It was really cool and I had never done anything like that before. I also filmed a movie at the beginning of the year called “The Cursed Man” based on the cult novel by Keith Rommel. One is very experimental and the other is very sci-fi. Those will be coming out next year. I am really looking forward to seeing what opportunities doing “Supernatural” leads to. Maybe I will get in some more rooms and get some auditions now! [laughs]

What is your biggest evolution as an actress since first starting out?

That is a good question. Coming to America has really been part of my process as a person and an actor. I did a play last year where I played Mrs. Darling and Captain Hook. It was a really good version called “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers.” It was really cool to play the heartbroken mother and then to play the diabolical Hook. I think that part really stretched me and has informed Rowena in some way. It was quite metaphysical as well. It was a big step up. I had been in “Peter Pan” 10 years before playing Tigerlily, which is a really fun part but a much smaller part. I think when I did the play last year, I realized how far I had come in 10 years.

ruth-connell-2014-6Is there a role or genre you are anxious to take on at this point in your career?

I think of myself as this serious theater actress but usually, with everything I do, there is a little twist of humor in it. I realize that now, looking back. I am really drawn to really dark drama, independent and French films. There is so much amazing television around now with really strong writing and it is really inspiring seeing women in their 30s or older really doing it. It seems that we are breaking through and people are happy to watch women as they mature with the strength and power that they have. Hopefully, I can evolve into being one of those women! I would love to be one of those leading actresses in a few years who are taking that forward. On another note, I also lived “Flash Gordon.” [laughs] That was my first sci-fi memory! I I wanted to be like Dale Arden [played by Melanie Anderson]. I think I really liked her orange two piece and the fact she was tied up and rescued by Flash, which is very un-feminist of me but she was a savvy reporter as well. [laughs] I have always loved sci-fi and was a huge fan of the TV series “V.” When I was really young I remember when Diana pulled off her human face to reveal the reptile underneath, I said to my mom, “I always knew there was something wrong with her!” [laughs] I recently met the actress who played Diana, Jane Badler. I love when life comes to a freckle like that! When you meet someone in LA who you watched on your farm in Scotland, you realize life is pretty magical.

What is your best advice for someone out there on a farm in the middle of nowhere who aspires to make their career in the entertainment industry as you have?

Every day, do something towards your goal. I think sometimes, as an actor, the frustration is that you don’t know what to do to move things forward. Every day, even if it is just watching film, picking up a speech and working on it or reading about acting, you have to chip away at it. I think sometimes we wait for dramatic changes in luck or lightning bolts from the sky, and those can happen, but in my experience they happen when you are already on the path and doing the hard work. That is what you have to do to make it out there!

Thank you so much for your time today, Ruth! You have been an absolute delight!

Thank you, Jason! Very deep questions and I look forward to speaking to you soon!

Get all the latest news from Ruth Connell at her official website, www.ruthconnell.com. Connect with her via social media on Facebook and Twitter!

EXCLUSIVE : Shining the Spotlight on SUPERNATURAL’s Ruth Connell

From Seat 42F by  ON NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Ruth-ConnellWhile new to American audiences, Ruth Connell is about to cast a spell a whole new fan base as she makes her big debut on SUPERNATURAL this season.  Briefly introduced in the episode “Soul Survivor,” Ruth returns in the upcoming November 25th episode entitled, “Girls, Girls, Girls.”  So look for her to stir up some trouble for the Winchester boys while turning few heads and perhaps turn up the heat in more ways than one.

In an exclusive interview, Ruth talked about how much fun it is working on the long-running adventure series that explores the dark side of Heaven and Hell.

What can you share about your particularly bewitching character on SUPERNATURAL?
RUTH:  I play Rowena and I can definitely tell you that she is a witch, and I don’t know what else I can say.  There is such a sense of mystery about the show and I am under such strong warnings about spoilers!  I will say that Tuesday’s episode has a great surprise in it and you may be seeing more of me after that. So that is about as much as I can say.

So what drew you to the role?  What interested you in it?
RUTH:  My friend actually emailed me the breakdown of the character and it had everything I was looking for in a role.  It just sounded incredible.  Rowena is feisty and she’s definitely nobody’s doormat.  She is a woman who knows what she wants.  I wish I had some her balls!

For you, what has been so far the most fun working on the show?
RUTH:  (Laughs) Honestly, everything about this job has just been a dream — from the casting process to appearing in scenes and that includes the gentleman that picks you up at the airport in Vancouver to the guy in craft services, Mike Campbell who is also of Scottish descent.  Everything about the job has just been so wonderful.  People talk about the SPN family and it really does feel like I’ve landed in something just wonderful.  It’s my first American TV show and I am completely aware of how lucky I am to have landed in the SPN family.  It is everything people would think it would be.  It’s just wonderful.

SUPERNATURAL is also known to be a boys’ club and they like to have a little fun and they pull pranks on each other.  Are they pulling you into the prank world yet?
RUTH:  I think they have been quite gentle with me so far.  I have seen Jared, Jensen, Mark and Misha on set and they just bring such amazing energy.  It is incredible to think they all have been doing [the show]and how fresh they are and how much fun energy they do bring.  They bring such a sense of enjoyment and naughtiness, I think.  (Laughs)  And they’ve got a twinkle in their eye.  It’s great fun.

What was it like working on your first episode of the show?
RUTH:  For my first episode, Jensen directed it and he is just the loveliest man. He is so kind and so patient.  It was an amazing first experience working on SUPERNATURAL and it was great to be directed by him.  I had been watching as many episodes of SUPERNATURAL that I possibly could, and then when I got there, he is so boyish and so young in real life.  I was like, “Oh my goodness!  How am I supposed to do this show with him?!”  He is so youthful and looks so young!

They all clearly have so much fun on the show and that probably helps keep their youthfulness alive in them a bit.
RUTH: Yeah.  They are all great friends in real life.  Though I have to say, it comes from higher up than that.  Everyone I’ve met on the show has a real sense of enjoyment.  I was also lucky enough to be invited to the 200th episode party that they had in Vancouver and that was amazing.  I ended up dancing barefoot with Felicia Day.  I keep pinching myself.  I am so lucky to be in the show and to have the warm reception that I had from everyone.  It is amazing.

Working on a show like SUPERNATURAL, they have really outrageous characters and stories.  Does that kind of throw you for a loop or do you just kind of roll with it?
RUTH:  The second script I got, I was working with Bob Singer on set and I was like, “I can’t believe what I’ve got to say in the next episode!”  I felt like I had a good idea of what was the character, then they surprised me.  I have something quite outrageous to say in the episode coming up.  I was thrilled.  I’ve done a lot of theater and the more extreme the character, the better.  That’s where I’m most comfortable.  And I was shocked.  I can’t wait to see how the fans react to a couple of things that are said and done by my character.

Sounds like it is a dream come true for you to play a character that is so completely different than who you are.
RUTH:  Yeah, definitely.  Last year, I did a play in L.A.  with Noah Wyle and Daniel Henning.  I ended up playing Mrs. Darling and Captain Hook.  Captain Hook is the most outrageous character that there is and to be a woman playing that, it was another amazing experience.  I think playing that kind of role definitely prepared me for Rowena and the flavor and essence of SUPERNATURAL.  It is larger than life and epic and fun all at the same time.

Gosh, do you ever get worried when you get cast in this characters, “What do they see in me that is not really there?”
RUTH:  (Laughs) Yes!  What are they seeing?  Is it a diabolicalness? But I definitely think I have caches of fun that I bring and I think it is interesting to go to really dark places. So I think that suits SUPERNATURAL really well.  There is plenty of serious stuff, but they always keep their tongue in their cheek.  That really appeals to me.  Even the style of the show, I thought to myself, “This is so up my alley.”

So you hope to be playing Rowena for some time to come.  Sounds like a fun role for you.
RUTH:  I would happily go on and on and on if they would have me.  As an actor, I look to people like Tommy Flanagan — who is another Scottish actor  — and that’s kind of why I got into the business and what I dream to do in that style of movie and roles — to do something completely opposite, a real contrast.

If you could sit down with Rowena, what would you like to tell her?  What kind of advice would you give her?
RUTH:  You know what?  I think she’s pretty sorted.  I wish I had some of her confidence and her balls.  There is a saying in Scotland, “keep the heid.”  It’s like, “keep your head screwed on.”  That might be my one piece of advice to Rowena.

How would you generally describe what is coming up for Rowena on the show?
RUTH:  I would say quite a bit of surprise.  It was a surprise to me.  There’s definitely scope for Rowena to impact more than one of the main characters. Her actions definitely have a long range effect.

Is it even possible to think that she may have a romantic interest, or is that the farthest thing from her mind?
RUTH:  (Laughs) I’ve read some of the fan stuff.  The fans are amazingly perceptive, like the clips for the episode where I was introduced — all the stuff about the entity inside me and there was an orange rose in the vase — and I was like, “Wow!”  I had been so busy concentrating on not knocking my glass of whiskey over.  So they noticed more than I did and I was on the set!  So, you know, Rowena is a woman. She could be open. So she might be open to some male admiration.

Cursed Man pubIs SUPERNATURAL the only thing you are working on at the moment or is there something else you’re working on?
RUTH:  I just shot a DOGMA-style movie a couple of weeks ago, called “Hara-Kiri” with a friend of mine, Henry Alberto, who was in a play I did last year.  That is opposite in the spectrum.  No make-up, no lighting.  It’s got a serious subject matter.  It’s interesting because I discovered a bottle of vodka on set and you can use what the character would use and by the forth take the vodka was influencing my acting.  So that was a learning curve.  (Laughs)  And I did another film at the beginning of the year called “The Cursed Man,” from an occult novel (by Keith Rommel) and that is in post right now.  I also do quite a bit of voice-over work as well.  I can voice-match and I’m not allowed to say what individual characters I do, but there’s one character that is so full of life and she’s great fun to do.  That was my first really cool job in America.  It’s fun to be in America and be able to use my own voice, which is an unexpected treat.  It is so great that it happening more and more.

Sounds like you’ve had a busy year and hopefully we will see more of you this next year too.
RUTH:  Yeah, I’ve been working hard for a long time in the business and I’ve nearly been there to break-out a few times.  Like I was cast as a series regular in London before I came here and then the show didn’t go.  So I came here and I knew one person in L.A. and I’ve kind of done it from scratch.  So it hasn’t been too fast.  It’s been a couple years.  But I’ve been working hard.  I’ve actually  been on stage since I was 4 years old.  So now everything seems to be rolling out and I’m so ready for it — and so grateful for it and relishing it because I know the other side of it.  I know what is is like to be nearly there and it is not quite happening.  So to be in a show like SUPERNATURAL, with such an amazing following around the world, it is everything I could have hoped for.  I’m also going to my first SUPERNATURAL convention and so I’m going to meet the fans face-to-face next year.  I’m excited about that.  It will be fun.

To see just who Rowena may be tempting and torturing this week, be sure to tune for an all new episode of SUPERNATURAL on Tuesday, November 25th at 9:00 p.m. on the CW.

The Cursed Man

Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
222 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063682
ISBN-10: 1620063689
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / General
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Emmy Award winning editor, Neil Mandelberg signs on to cut THE CURSED MAN movie

September 25, 2014 – Hollywood, California

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs an Emmy winning film editor, Neil Mandelberg has been a respected member of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. He has been involved in many landmark industry series and movies such as Medium, Equal Justice, The Temptations mini-series, for which he received an Emmy nomination, and the ground-breaking series Moonlighting, for which he won 2 Emmys. Neil was also lead editor on 134 episodes of the CBS drama, Ghost Whisperer to name only a few.

Chosen by Intergalaxy Entertainment, President James L. Perry out of a field of over a dozen of Hollywood’s best American Cinema Editors, Mandelberg won the coveted position on the basis of his extensive story editorial skills in both prime-time television, feature films and documentaries.

The Cursed Man movie is a psychological thriller/horror film produced and directed by Perry, based on the novel by Keith Rommel, published by Sunbury Press, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, PA.  The screenplay was written by Rommel and Perry.

Pictured below is the Duppy monster, In Jamaican folklore the creature is a malicious spirit of the dead.

Duppy

Mr. Potter meddles with Keith Rommel Bedford Falls book signing

BEDFORD FALLS, PA — Mr. Henry F. Potter of Bedford Falls, PA, has offered to buy a special edition hard cover copy of Keith Rommel’s “The Cursed Man” for every citizen of the borough.

potter cm“Now George Bailey,” he said, “everyone gets a Rommel book and all you need to do is sell me the building and loan and rename the town Potterville.”

“Mr. Potter,” said George, putting the cigar back in the humidor, “Well, Mr. Potter — you see — that just isn’t right. Mr. Potter — you shouldn’t be giving out psycho-thrillers to everyone in town — Mr. Potter! That’s just crazy, Mr. Potter — just crazy…. I don’t want your deal, Mr. Potter, and neither does Bedford Falls! We want to read good books, Mr. Potter, like “Go Dog Go” and “Grapes of Wrath” and “The Old Man and the Sea”, Mr. Potter — not these nutzo books … what would Mr. Gower think? What about Zuzu? … Mary! Mary! Do you hear this — Potter’s giving out nutzo books!”

Snarling, Mr. Potter pulled away from his desk and glared at the lanky banker.

“George Bailey, you will regret this …”

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George Bailey and his bride are about to leave on their honeymoon. Mary Bailey handed George Keith Rommel’s “Thanatology Series” to read on the train.

“Mary! Mary! What’s this?” asked George.

istewaj001p1“Just something for you to read, Georgie, to get your mind off the building and loan…” offered Mary.

“Mary! Mary! These are those nutzo books Mr. Potter wanted to spread around!” exclaimed the young banker. “Well, I’ll have none …”

“George! They’re freaking good books!” screamed Mary. “I love the Thanatology Series — and Georgie — I really wanted to meet Keith Rommel!”

“Mary! What? Oh Mary!” said George, fumbling with The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man and The Sinful Man. “Oh my, Mary! They’re not only good — Mary! — these books are great! Oh Mary — what am I to do — I canceled the book signing at Mr. Gower’s store because Potter wanted to buy everyone nutzo books and change the town name! But these books are good! No! No! Mr. Potter can’t be right!”

George then dropped the books and stormed out onto the street — running through the snow and sleet — at one point he was about to jump off the bridge into the Susquehanna River below.

“I’m a screwball” he said, “I messed up Keith Rommel’s book signing at Mr. Gower’s store…”

The next thing George knew, he was waming himself in a small bungalo by the river with Clarence, the angel.

image“Sometimes, George, bad people can inadvertently do good things,” offered Clarence. “Mr. Potter didn’t know the books were actually entertaining — he was so focused on taking over the town. He would do anything to take over. But that doesn’t mean Keith Rommel’s book signing shouldn’t happen!”

“Oh Clarence … what am I to do …?” whimpered George Bailey.

“Let’s see if we can’t make things right,” suggested Clarence.

 

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George Bailey jumped up from the table in the bungalo and burst out the door. Clarence was right! Everything was going to be OK. The Keith Rommel book signing could still happen in Bedford Falls, despite the prying Mr. Potter.

wonderful life horay“The Cursed Man is coming! The Cursed Man is coming!” shouted George Bailey as he ran through the snow down Main Street.

George ran past the police car and shouted at Bob the policeman, “The Cursed Man is coming Bob! The Cursed Man is coming!” The officer looked at him like he was a kook.

He ran past Mr. Gower’s store. “Nutzo books for everybody! The Cursed Man is coming!” he yelled, slipping on the snow, heading for his home and his beloved Mary, Janie, Tommy and little Zuzu …

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George Bailey arrived back at the Bailey house to find a throng gathered around the table. The whole town had arrived, including brother Harry Bailey, back from the war.

“Mary! Harry! Uncle Billy! The Cursed Man is coming!” exclaimed George as he put his arms around Mary.

cm wonderful life celebration“I know George”, said Harry, “and we just got a telegram from Sam Wainwright … Mr. Gower cabled you need cash for books, stop. My office instructed to advance you up to twenty-five thousand dollars for Keith Rommel Cursed Man novels, stop. Hee Haw and Merry Christmas! Sam Wainwright.”

Meanwhile, townspeople dumped money on the table to get multiple copies of The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man and The Sinful Man.

“I’ve emptied my account at the building and loan to buy these Rommel books,” said Mr. Vincetti.

“Bless your heart,” whispered George.

“I gave my last fifteen dollars for one!” said Mrs. Hopkins.

“Oh no, no … you don’t need to do that. … Uncle Billy … see to it!” said George.

“Of course, of course,” said Uncle Billy, tying another string on his finger.

As the cash piled up, it was realized that The Cursed Man was going to be the #1 selling book in Bedford Falls in advance of the book signing. Townsfolk were now ready for the arrival of Keith Rommel on September 19.

Note: Keith will be at the Sunbury Press store on September 5. His limo arrives around 6 PM and he is staying until 9. The Bedford Falls appearance will follow …

A point of light emerges

by Mike Campbell, author of “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last”

amelia pubThe few Earhart enthusiasts who regularly read my blog (Earhart Truth) are aware that the second of the two major storylines that describe Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, the near-complete media blackout of the book, has greatly overshadowed its most important aspect – its presentation of the most comprehensive and compelling case ever for the presence and deaths of Amelia and Fred Noonan on Saipan.

I won’t go into details about all the radio hosts, newspaper people and bloggers who’ve pledged to help, only to back off and ignore me after they learn the unpleasant truth about the wretched ends of our two heroes almost 77 years ago. The ugly truth in the Earhart case simply doesn’t fit into the rose-colored worldview of most of our media types. It’s not PC and “it’s not artistic,” as Rosie Perez told Billy Hoyle, Woody Harrelson’s character in White Men Can’t Jump, as they argued about winning versus losing on a bus ride in South Central Los Angeles. And, for most of the rest, it’s just not important anymore, what happened to a pair of Americans who landed in the wrong place the Pacific in 1937 and paid for it with their lives. Now, of course, we have the continuing cover-up and mystification of the truth, which long ago became an accepted piece of our cultural furniture that none but a scant few even questions anymore.  And don’t forget, the wonderful Japanese people have been our best friends in the region since 1945, and we don’t want to re-open old wounds or embarrass our friends, would we?

At the risk of being accused of extreme redundancy and even sour grapes, I must say it again: The establishment’s aversion to the truth in the Earhart case is very real, and it has been  trending even worse than normal until only recently, when a distant point of light emerged from the most unexpected place I could have imagined.

In mid-December, Larry Knorr, Sunbury Press publisher, advised me that he had received a phone call from Kay Alley, vice chair of the Kansas Chapter of the Ninety- Nines, the international organization of licensed women pilots, with members from 35 countries and over 5,500 members worldwide. Ms. Alley asked Larry if she thought I might be interested in speaking at the Ninety-Nines South Central Section Fall Meeting, to be held in Wichita, Kansas, the last weekend of September, 2014. Is the Pope a Catholic? I’ve talked to Kay a few times already, thanked her profusely for this golden opportunity, and we’re on track for the last weekend in September. Kay also says that two other aviation groups that are having conferences at the same time in Wichita have expressed their interest in having me speak to them, so this could be even bigger than we initially envisioned.

Here’s more about the remarkable organization that is the Ninety- Nines, who elected  Amelia Earhart as their first president, taken directly from the Kansas Chapter’s website:

The organization came into being November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 American female pilots had been invited to assemble for mutual support and the advancement of aviation. Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked tirelessly to keep the group together as we struggled to organize and grow until 1931, when Amelia Earhart was elected as first president and the group was named for the 99 charter members.

Today Ninety-Nines are professional pilots for airlines, industry and government; we are pilots who teach and pilots who fly for pleasure; we are pilots who are technicians and mechanics. But first and foremost, we are women who love to fly!

Our Headquarters, located at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is home to our large archival records, video oral histories, personal artifacts, collections and memorabilia, and biographical files on thousands of women pilots from around the world. This is also the site of our 99s Museum of Women Pilots.

To say this elite group of women pilots is pure “establishment” would be an abject understatement.  The Ninety-Nines are universally respected as the ultimate group of professional female aviators – “aviatrixes” in the old parlance. For them to recognize the existence ofTruth at Last at all is more than any establishment organization, outside of a few chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Kiwanis group and some senior assisted living facilities in Jacksonville have done so far. But the Ninety-Nines carry serious weight, and others who have previously looked askance at this book may reconsider after the September event. This presupposes that my presentation will be good, and so I’ll do all I can to be as ready and professional as I can. I’ve already begun to assemble a comprehensive power point presentation that will tell the Truth at Last story in 90 minutes, and there’s plenty of time to polish it.

Finally we’re going to get a real break, an opportunity to make friends and influence people, all because just one woman likes my book, recognizes the truth and is in a place where she can make a difference. That’s all it takes, so basically it’s in God’s hands. Perhaps the most amazing irony of all –it’s almost impossible for me to label this a coincidence – is that the Kansas Chapter of the Ninety Nines is, of course, the chapter of Amelia’s state of birth.

A few others who want to help this cause are also beginning to emerge. David C. Henley, the publisher emeritus of the Lahontan Valley(Nevada) News, has promised to do a story for the Carson City newspaper, the Nevada Appeal, after he takes some photos of the old Garapan jail on Saipan during a forthcoming visit to the scene of the crime, and I’ll be on Truth Frequency Radio this Sunday, March 9 at 5 p.m., EDT.  A few other things are in the works, but it’s too early to announce anything.

So please stay tuned. As I’ve told Larry Knorr several times, “This book has not yet begun to fight!” Nor have I.

Book Expo America a blast for Sunbury Press authors, owners and staff

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“Power Readers” pour into BEA on Saturday June 1, 2013

New York, NY — Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in North America, was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from Thursday May 30 through Saturday June 1, 2013.   The exposition highlighted the latest technology and developments in the book publishing industry, and was a showcase for star and emerging talent.  All of the big publishers including Simon & Schuster, Hachette, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, Random House, Scholastic and others, joined with leaders in publishing services such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Createspace, Sony, Kobo and many others.  Notables such as Chris Matthews, Stephen King, Jim Carey, Ann Romney and Rick Atkinson were just a small number of the multitudes of well-known authors and personalities present.

Sunbury Press joined with the Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) and other independent publishers in aisle 2300. Sunbury had a slate of authors appear at their table. Several were photographed or interviewed by the media. Appearing at this year’s expo were:

Thursday May 30: Carole LaPlante, Robert Miller and Ernest Marshall

Friday May 31: Mary Dimino, Thomas Malafarina, Cathy Jordan and Margaret Meacham

Saturday June 1: Mike Sgrignoli, Shelly Frome and Joanne Risso

 

 

 

BEA - Carole LaPlante

Carole LaPlante

BEA - Ernest Marshall

Ernest Marshall

BEA - Maggie Meacham

Margaret Meacham

BEA - Mary Dimino

Mary Dimino

BEA - Mike Sgrignoli

Mike Sgrignoli

BEA - Robert Miller

Robert Miller

BEA - Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome

BEA Cathy Jordan

Cathy Jordan

BEA- Joanne Risso

Joanne Risso

BEA Tom Malafarina

Thomas Malafarina